By Jolene Crowley
|Sisters III by Sammy Pasto|
(El Cajon) - The public is invited to a free artists’ reception hosted
by the St. Clair Gallery in East County Business Center on Sunday, Oct. 19
from 3-6 p.m. Nearly 200 pieces of art in all fine art categories will
be displayed, including photography by 22 San Diego artists, about 70 percent
of whom are East County residents.
St. Clair’s Gallery was the brain child
of gallery Director Howard Bagley, himself an artist and photographer, and
past-president of the Carlsbad/Oceanside Art League. “Our objective,” he
says, “is to enhance
the presence of fine art in the community, provide a venue for seasoned and
emerging artists, offer art as a catalyst for bringing the people of the community
together, and allowing sales opportunities for artists.”
|Another Beginning by Terry Hecker|
So far, it’s been quite a success. Since January, the East County Business
Center has exhibited six shows. Those who lease space in the building are treated
to a new display of work every six weeks by a gaggle of artists who are invited
to display up to six pieces representative of their current body of work. In
addition to the tenants occupying the center, another 300-400 clients and guests
pass through the building each month providing further exposure for the work.
Half-way through each exhibit, an artists’ reception is held such as
the one this Sunday afternoon. Plus, private receptions for service clubs,
networking groups and charitable organizations are scheduled in the gallery. A
measurement of the success is the 32 two pieces, totaling nearly $12,000, that
have been sold to date.
|Lake Mary Morning by Dan McGeorge|
Artists’ work in the main hallway for the current show that runs through
Nov. 7 include Gale Vavra, Ron Lingren, Judi Sim, Jackie Hanson, Terry Hecker,
Jeffrey Brosbe, Jack Jordan, Sandra Hayen, Dot Renshaw, Yumi, Gloria Chadwick,
Diane Burch, Linda Renner, Paul Bentley, Brandie Moon, Liz Abeyta, Nell Bartlett,
Cindy Hedgecock, Sammy Pasto, Charlavan Hart, Dan McGeorge and George Kaerth.
A new show with as many as 50 artists will be exhibited Nov. 11-Jan. 9 with
a reception on Dec. 9.
The St. Clair Gallery in the East County Business Center is located at 270
East Douglas Ave., El Cajon. It is open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday,
and until 4:30 p.m. on Friday. For more information, contact Howard Bagley,
619-448-2816, or go to www.eastcountybizcenter.com or www.stclairgallery.com.
Jolene Crowley is a life-long East County resident who spent a decade at The
Tribune (which later merged with the San Diego Union), another decade in several
local public relations firms, and now operates Crowley Communications, a boutique
communications consulting firm specializing in media relations. She is
currently studying graphic design at Cuyamaca College and plans to add design
services to her client roster in the near future.